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Days 83: Where am I and where did my motivation go?

I went to bed last night without hitting my step goal. I knew I was short steps, but I just didn’t seem to care enough to get up and walk laps. I am still struggling with getting back into the swing of things after vacation. It’s frustrating because I’d hoped that the progress I’ve made since I began this challenge would make it easier for me to bounce back from vacation mode. But it hasn’t, at least not yet. I’m still that person who struggles for weeks to get back into the whole “working out and eating better” thing after indulging and being lazy for a week on vacation.

And struggle this week I have. Yesterday was the first day I stayed within my calorie range since last Wednesday. I haven’t even tried to make it to the gym this week. I basically resigned myself to not working out until after my Bod Pod for no good reason.

Even worse, I feel like I subconsciously blew off my step goal. As I updated my goal tracking sheet this morning, I realized that I missed my step goal on Monday by less than 1,000 steps. I hadn’t even noticed.

I need to snap out of this funk and get motivated again. I’ve made too much progress to start slipping back into old habits and start regaining the weight. I just don’t know how to. All of my old “tricks,” like finding a new workout plan, just aren’t working this time around.

Any tips, tricks, or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Current step total: 13,022

Day 76: I did it!

I made it to the gym this morning. I didn’t want to go. I dreaded it the entire walk there, but I went and I worked out. Granted, I felt weak and cranky, but I got it done.

That being said, I realized I’m not really enjoying this new workout I’m doing. I’m not sure whether to stick with it, or try something different. I won’t make any decisions about it tonight, but I will definitely give it some thought and try to come up with something tomorrow.

Regardless, I’ll stick with the program for now. My husband won’t be around in the morning, and I have to work, but I should be able to complete my scheduled high intensity interval training (HIIT) early in the am from home, before the kids wake up… assuming I wake up on time that is. I’ve been averaging about 4 hours of sleep a night, so yeah, I’m exhausted. I need a real, full night’s sleep.

Final Step Count: 18,477

Day 69: Unplanned “hiatus”

I drowned my Garmin yesterday. I didn’t mean to; it’s supposed to be water resistant to a certain depth, but it wasn’t. All of the steps I took and all of the progress I made towards my step goal today is gone.

He won’t outright say so, but I think my husband is secretly glad my Garmin kicked the bucket. He isn’t a fan of my late night living room laps – especially while on vacation and even more so since we’re spending said vacation on a small boat. He’s supportive of my goals, but he doesn’t necessarily likes them.

Unfortunately, along with my Garmin, all of my self-restraint and motivation died too. Both yesterday and today were above-maintenance calorie days. Ironically, just a little while ago, an email from the wellness center popped into my inbox requesting I schedule my next Bod Pod. Today is technically the end of the third week since my last one.

My husband recently upgraded his Garmin, so I intend to use his old one (it’s the same model as my now-deceased one) instead of buying a new one. It’s back at home though, so I don’t really have a way of tracking my steps at the moment, unless I try to carry my phone with me everywhere – which I don’t intend to do on vacation.

We’re scheduled to return home on Sunday, so I’ll have to start fresh on Monday. It’s not the ideal solution, but it’s the best one I have. Until then, I’ll just have to do my best to stay active and not go over my maintenance calorie goal.

Current step total: your guess is as good as mine

Day 64: DietBet results

The official weigh-in for the month-long DietBet I signed up for was earlier this week. Despite the water weight fluctuations I’ve been struggling with, I managed to scrape by and “win.” In other words, I didn’t lose my money. I don’t know how much I’ll get in terms of the payout, but from what I’ve read online, I’m not expecting much.

I also had to weigh-in today for the 6-month DietBet I’m participating in. After yesterday’s unplanned maintenance calorie day, it’s a miracle I still came in under my goal weight for the month. I was seriously expecting to see the scale inch up again.

I switched Sunday’s rest day to this morning, and pushed my two remaining workouts for the week to tomorrow and Sunday. I was tired and sore, and I figured it wouldn’t hurt since we’re going on vacation next week, so I won’t be working out then anyway. I am considering going for a slow jog later though, just to get my muscles loose and do some stretching afterwards; but we’ll see how that goes.

Happy Friday!

Current step total: 2,742

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